How to prepare a car for a Barrett-Jackson Auction

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Updated: 3/04/2013 7:59 am

RENO, Nev. (KRNV & -- Restoring a classic car is more than a passion, it's an investment.

Thousands of people will be getting their cars ready for the world's greatest classic car auction that's hitting Reno-Tahoe this summer as a part of Hot August Nights. For those who want to sell their classic car they are not going to just pull their car out of the garage and show up to Barrett-Jackson. Owners will put countless hours and dollars into preparing their cars for auction.

The road to a Barrett-Jackson Auction may very from one classic car to another.
"Most of the people that want to sell their car at Barrett-Jackson that particular car is probably already 80% ready," owner of Al's Rod and Custom Inc. Al Oppio says.
Much like former News 4 forecaster Dave Finley's 1966 Stingray Corvette. News 4 had Oppio take a look at Finley's Corvette to see just how much detail goes into preparing a car.

"First of all we'd make it look good," Oppio says.

Oppio says they would likely touch up the paint, clean the engine, and give the car a full wax and detail.

Then of course Oppio says they'd check the mechanics like brakes, seat belts, the engine, all for safety and overall "health" of the car.

Oppio says for cars are for the most part ready for auction touch ups it can cost $600 to $1200 and a car like Finley's it would take 3 to 4 days of work.

Then it's time to prep the owner.

"Stay around your car for a while you could talk to people and possibly sell your car to someone by telling them what you did to it how it runs and everything about it," Oppio says.

As soon as the car hits the auction block it's all business and the work to prepare the car hopefully pays off. The prep work can mean the difference of thousands of dollars in a sale price.

Then everyone can drive away happy.

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